The win in Belgium also makes Audi driver Rene Rast the first driver to have achieved two victories in DTM's new turbo era.
Audi driver Rene Rast is the first driver to have achieved two victories in the DTM's new turbo era.
Audi drivers Rene Rast (left) and Jaime Green (right) won first and third place in the last round of DTM in Zolder At the DTM's return to Zolder, Belgium, Rast won Sunday's race in commanding style.
His teammate, Jamie Green, perfected Audi Sport Team Rosberg's triumph by finishing in third position. Mike Rockenfeller from Audi Sport Team Phoenix came fourth.
For Rast, this marked the twelfth DTM triumph in total, the eighth in the last ten races, plus a very special one. Following his retirement on Saturday due to a damaged intercooler, his team replaced the engine of his Audi RS5 DTM overnight as a precaution.
"The guys worked up until the early morning hours," said Rast. "Even so, my car was immediately perfect again in qualifying on Sunday. A big thank you goes to the guys from my Team Rosberg, and to Audi Sport, who practically prepared the car from scratch again."
In the race, he put pressure on pole sitter Sheldon van der Linde in a BMW straight from the start and overtook the South African on the 11th lap. In spite of a safety car period, which caused his advantage to shrink for a short while, the Audi driver crossed the finish line in the end with a clear advantage of nearly ten seconds over Philipp Eng (BMW). "This was an incredible victory again," said Rast. "The new Audi RS5 DTM is an outstanding race car."